According to what you have said rodger, it wouldn't matter what anybody believes or disbelieves,
It "matters" in the sense that we can benefit from being able to believe that God is positively
fitting each person into His master plan in their own unique way.
so it then becomes rather a task with no purpose to attempt to explain so as to help people understand anything as it matters not at all what anyone believes or not.
For me, the "purpose" is to share my perception that no matter what our experiences in life are, nothing can defeat God's intention to, sooner or later, bring everyone permanet positive blessings out of them.
THE PURPOSE OF EVIL
According to what I have absorbed from what you have been saying:
Just live your life according to whatever strongest impulses move you (and what is the origin of these strongest impulses?),
The "origin" of these strongest influences is the kind of person we are, combined with influences that provolk a response in the form of a choice.
as you are going to be compelled to obey without question in any case,
We will learn by trial and error, and cause and effect.
but don't worry as you are locked into this for some obscure higher purpose and can't do anything about it, so just go with it.
I perceive that as a blessing. Why should we even want
to "do anything about it?"
So really, where is there anything which would cause a person to really CARE about anything?
I "care" very much because I can relax in the confidence that, as a unique individual, God will teach me to use my will to make the choices that will be best for me in the long run.
Hearts of stone becoming hearts of flesh is a euphemism concerning the transformation of a person from an uncaring individual into one who has real compassion and empathy and really does give a damn, and thus will restructure their life choices and decisions accordingly.
From my point of view, sooner or later, that will undoubtedly become the character of everyone.
This is a real and present thing and not down the road in some time when some being returns and sets up their kingdom and makes it all right.
In fact this can and is experienced by many people without the aid of any Jesus personage.
In my opinion, sooner or later, everyone will learn that helpful attitude is, in fact, being motivated and taught by Christ, whether or not we attribute it to Him.
Here is why I say that
CHOOSING WHAT IS CHOICE
biblical studies: His Achievement Are We - Part 9 - Choosing What Is Choice
It is to be understood, of course, that everything I say is from a universalist Christian point of view.